Lastly, besides the obvious change of short sleeves to long sleeves and such, you should stock your hibernation cave with the accoutrements that Gilligan wished he had thought of, like books, games, movies, crafts and a variety of fun food to adequately endure those long days and nights of less than scintillating conversation and the typical motley fare that cable TV offers.
When all else fails, go skiing, skating, sledding, hiking, Frosty dressing or just throw snowballs at the moon. Winterizing your mind is part of the process.
Anton Chekhov once said, “People don’t notice whether it’s summer or winter when they’re happy.”
He ought to know about the harshness of cold. Coming from a bankrupt Russian family, and living a rich and renowned life of only 44 years, he became a wise and beloved local physician, a dramatist, a constant presence among theater beauties and an author of hundreds of literary masterpieces, many still prevalent today, not one of which was science fiction.
Willie Kiernan is a past editor of the Cazenovia Republican and a contributing columnist. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.